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When talking about Washington State's basketball team, one guy stands out: 6'6" point guard Marcus Moore. Not only is he one of the tallest points in the country but he can do it all very, very well. Moore averages 28 points per game, can slash the lane or pop deep threes. He is a very good assist man, athletic and quick. If a team can limit Moore's production, WSU's ability to win drops considerably.
It will be interesting to see which Zag faces Moore. Will it be 6'5" point Blake Stepp, 6'5' Tony Skinner or 6'0" Winston Brooks? Look for a combination of all three as GU employs team defense with an emphasis on Moore.
But the Cougars are not a one-man team. Sharpshooters Justin Lyman, a 6'4" guard, and 6'5" wing Thomas Kelati can fill it up from deep. Both are streaky but dangerous. Add St. Mary's transfer 6'7" Chris Schlatter, a very good spot-up shooter, and Paul Graham's team has good inside-outside game.
What a difference a year makes for WSU's frontcourt. With veterans Shami Gill, Milton Riley, Cedric Hughey, and newcomers Justin Kordsmeier, Justin Bellegarde and Ezanwa Ukeagu, the Cougs have size. The shortest is Shami Gill at 6'8" and the tallest is Kordsmeier at 7'. These guys are bulky and it will be a test for Gonzaga's struggling bigs to hold their own.
Expect a tough, hard-fought game in Pullman. There may be more Zag fans than Cougar fans but this is WSU's homecourt and they'll be defending it with inspired play. Gonzaga has played six games in short order and fatigue may become an issue, the last game in Missoula just 48 hours before this tip-off.